ASK ALEXANDRA

I get questions on Instagram, by email and personally all the time and decided to answer them here in hopes that it might help someone who wonders about the same thing.

Leave me a comment below with your questions.  I’ll do my best to answer them all.

If it is a question that requires me to go into detail about how I work, you might find it as a blog post later on.

 

Questions and Answers

Q: Why did you move to Portugal?

A: I moved to Portugal for several reasons. I wanted a part of Amalie’s story to take place here, and I believe that as a writer I can give my readers a better insight if I had lived here myself. Another reason is that Portugal is affordable to live in for an unemployed writer and I wanted to see what the country had to offer.

Q: When were you born?

A: I was born in 1985.

Q: How do you find inspiration?

A: Through learning. I start with my outline, knowing what I need of different elements to tell a story. But in everyday life, I find inspiration in everything, as long as I am tuned in. It can be the look of a restaurant I dine in, people I meet, something I experience. One example you can see from my Instagram account is the coriander cream I had in Copenhagen; it made it into Amalie’s food in Let Go.

Q: Do you outline your books before you write the first draft?

A: Yes. I didn’t for my first book but wrote the first draft with no plan; I could have saved so much time if I had outlined it. So if you’re planning to write your first book, start with researching how you can do a great outline, what elements you need to put in and go from there. In my experience; writing a novel is nothing like you see in the movies when a person sits down behind a typewriter and let their imagination sieve down onto the pages. You need structure, planning, researching, and hard work to get the image you as a writer has in your mind to be the same one in the reader’s.

Q: When will you publish the sequel to Let Go?

A: In 2019. Follow me on Instagram or sign up for updates for more details 🙂

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